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Consumer concern over data privacy is at an all-time high. As a result, many turn to the best VPNs to boost security and bypass online restrictions and censorship laws. Getting around such digital roadblocks often requires you to switch server locations. In this article, we’ll explain how to change VPN location, so you can be on your merry way to accessing previously unavailable content.
For those new to virtual private networks, you can check out our primer that explains what a VPN server is.
You can use “split-tunneling” in certain VPN subscriptions. Split tunneling allows users to connect specific applications to the VPN while excluding others.
Location changing is critical to understanding how to bypass a VPN block. Connecting to a different server means your IP address now looks like it’s accessing the web from another country. Switching your real location allows you to access online services that are only available in specific countries while adding an extra layer of security.
Altering your virtual location is straightforward and takes only minutes. It can be done from a mobile device or computer in a few simple steps and opens your ability to access content worldwide.
For those looking to mask their online location without paying for a subscription to VPN services, we have an additional resource explaining how to change an IP address without a VPN. Another helpful guide for those who’ve just downloaded a private network is your article that answers the question, “Is my VPN working?”
Research the various VPN subscription services. Check how many servers each virtual private network offers and how many countries they operate in. If you know what content you’re looking to access–whether streaming services or online games–double-check to ensure the VPN server covers that specific geo-blocked content.
After finding a VPN connection to suit your purposes, download the VPN software or app to your computer or mobile device.
Once downloaded, log in and find the button allowing you to connect to the VPN router.
Enter your settings dropdown menu and find the option for location services. It will most likely say “VPN Locations.”
Look through the various geographic locations. Select one that you think will allow you to access the desired content.
If the new IP address location still doesn’t allow access to the website, try a different VPN configuration.
Never connect to a VPN (especially a free VPN) without looking into reviews from experts and users.
STAT: NordVPN offers over 5,500 servers in 60 countries. (source)